Q: How long have you been a published writer?
A: My first published piece was in 1982 in the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper. As of this FAQ, over three decades.
Q: What do you write?
A: I write or have written a lot of things, including articles, blogs, features, reviews, blurbs, press releases, short stories, business copy, SEO keyword copy, books, chapbooks, and other things I’ve probably forgotten about already.
Q: What are your pen names?
A: Bev Walton~Porter, Star Ferris, and a couple others I won’t reveal yet.
Q: Why do you use pen names?
A: Before I got married in 2008, my name was Bev Walton-Porter. I had already branded myself with that name. I’m loathe to change it at this point.
In addition, since I write many different types of articles, blogs, books, and stories, it’s important to let people know what they’re getting so they don’t pick up a romance novel and expect the same type of content as, say, a non-fiction book. For instance, I write articles and blogs under Bev Sninchak, non-fiction books under Bev Walton-Porter, and contemporary romance under Star Ferris.
Finally, my married name, Sninchak, can be tricky to pronounce and hard to remember for some people. Authors should have names that readers don’t have to struggle to remember, spell, or pronounce.
Q: Will you read my manuscript?
A: Unfortunately, no. I have limited time and if I spent all of my time reading other people’s work, I wouldn’t have time to work on my own creative projects or help existing clients. When I have free time, I prefer to spend it with my family. Thanks for understanding ;-).
Q: Would you collaborate with me?
A: I’ve had wonderful experiences collaborating with other authors, but I am uninterested in doing so at this time. Nothing against you—promise!
Q: What are your favorite genres?
A: Non-fiction, fantasy, dark fiction, paranormal romance, erotica, and poetry.
Q: What books have you published?
A: Sun Signs for Writers, Secrets of the Professional Freelancer, Aim To Write: Tips & Tricks for Freeing the Scribe Within, Shadows of the Soul, and Nocturnal Musings: Collected Ponderings, Essays, and Stories. I co-authored The Complete Writer: A Guide To Tapping Your Full Potential. I’ve also published Mending Fences and Hidden Fire under my pen name Star Ferris.
You can find all my books at Amazon.com.
Q: Have you used traditional publishers or are you strictly an indie author?
A: My first four books were released through traditional publishers, such as Writer’s Digest Books. I have since reclaimed the publishing rights to all of those books and have become an indie author, publishing them through )0( Triple Crow Publishing )0(.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: A non-fiction book, a fiction book, a collection of short stories, and various articles/blog posts.
Q: What makes you think you know everything about writing, editing, or publishing?
A: I don’t. I can only share my experiences, but your mileage may vary (YMMV). Nobody knows everything about writing, editing, or publishing. If they tell you they do, they’re delusional or lying to you. I’m human and I make mistakes like everyone else. The difference is that I try to learn from those mistakes (because I give a shit).
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: From life. Look around you. How could you not have countless ideas on a daily basis?
Q: What is your educational background?
A: I graduated from Widefield High School in Security, Colorado, attended Phillips University in Enid, OK, and majored in Applied Communication & Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I love learning, so I continue to take online college courses through Coursera, FutureLearn, KhanAcademy, and edX, among others.